Dodgers Ace Reportedly Will Miss Significant Time

CHICAGO IL- JULY 18 Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen pitches in the 9th inning during an MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox

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The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without Clayton Kershaw for four to six weeks, United States media reported Monday, although the team had yet to confirm a timetable for their star pitcher's return from back trouble.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Kershaw felt something off while throwing warm-up pitches before the second inning of Sunday's game against the Braves.

Rosenthal added that the four-to-six-week timetable was the "initial prognosis" and that a "final determination will be made after he sees Dr. Watkins".

Roberts said Sunday's issue with Kershaw's back was not the same as a year ago, describing it as more "muscular" and mentioning that there was no shooting pain down the star lefty's legs this time.

Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young victor, was the odds-on favorite to grab the award again this season before this setback. "We understand it's not as bad as it was a year ago".

"Logan, he's done a lot of things to help us win baseball games", Dodgers manager Roberts said. He is 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and is having another Cy Young Award-caliber season. The Los Angeles Dodgers' ace exited after two innings in a 5-4, 10-inning victory.

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The Dodgers were 41-36 when Kershaw went down last season and trailed San Francisco by eight games.

Last season, Kershaw missed 2 1/2 months of the season with a herniated disk that didn't require surgery. While the team did not specify how long Kershaw might be on the list, the team did say that it could be anywhere from ten days to four to six weeks, depending on the extent of the injury.

Jansen said he was sick to his stomach at the Kershaw news. He struck out two and walked one on 21 pitches.

Ross (2-2, 7.52 ERA) has allowed 14 runs over seven innings his last two starts.

"We think he's good and we took him out for precaution", Baker said. I'm concerned, but not fully panicking at this point, but that can quickly change if McCullers struggles during his next outing. While some people may not believe in it, many teams employ a chiropractor to assist in cases like this and perhaps that's something the team will look into.

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